Since early this year we had been debating on where we would live to start the next chapter in our journey. Would it be moving to Florida or another part of Texas? An apartment or rental house, or custom building our own tiny house on wheels or on a foundation? We were flipping back and worth on multiple options. There was always the pressure to choose what mainstream couples do when they're ready to get out on their own; rent an apartment or house, or buy a house.
Here's a couple rationales we considered during our decision process:
- With our love of traveling and being outdoors, it didn't make any sense for us to invest in a living space we weren't going to be inside of on a consistent basis due to work, road trips and outdoor activities.
- Why would we pay $800+ in rent for a nice apartment or rental house that we couldn't own, when we could put that money towards something we could own that fit our lifestyle?
- Water, electric, wireless Internet, TV... utilities are expensive. We want to "unplug" the best we can from the mainframe.
- We love the lifestyle goals that come with tiny living. Saving money, paying off debt, doing more with less, spending more time with family.
- Living responsibly like we're retired - when we aren't! Why wait to embark on adventures till you're aged and can't do as much as you could if you were younger?
- Life is about being happy, not content, happy. Happiness brings success to the heart. No one should feel like they have to keep up with the norms of today's society and corporate America for the sake of being looked upon as successful and happy.
Keep in mind, we didn't just rule out the other living arrangements on the fly with these rationales, there are actual numbers behind our decision too. We went out into the Houston area and priced places we would consider living in, all which didn't meet our standards for one reason or another. It made more sense at that point to have more control of where we wanted to live, when we wanted to live there.
So what does it take to decide to be a full-time tiny house RVing couple with the correct mindset? For starters, this is a lifestyle change which requires research, planning, dedication, organization and a plan. If you fringe at any of those words, this is not for you.
- Be at a good place with your personal relationship.
- Be on the same page about your short-term and long-term goals because both equal the life you'll eventually have together.
- Both must pay off debt, save, save, and save some more.
- Must realize you'll be living in a space smaller than either of your parent's homes and cleaning up after yourself is essential to a happy relationship.
- Enjoy exploring new places, but also like to have a home base to come back to.
- Both must not be afraid of having more control over their lives. It is YOUR life right?
- Understand the responsibilities that come with owning an RV are greater than if you had another living arrangement. You must be more alert, take precautions, keep tabs on the weather and be willing to continue to learn more about the lifestyle.
- RVers are a helpful, creative, adventurous group of people to make great connections with! Mind you, not everyone who is an RVer is retired or 50+, there are plenty of us younger couples in late 20s-30s too. Must be willing to meet new people all the time.
- Both must research, plan, dedicate time, organize and have a plan to make full-time RVing possible. It's not a one way street.
- Both must be willing to compromise. You're not going to get everything you ever wanted because chances are your perfect idea doesn't exist.
- Keep in mind renovations can happen in time to make an RV feel more like a tiny home.
- Can't have a bunch of "stuff" when you're RVing. Downsizing prior to moving in is a reality that will happen at least 2-4 times depending on how much "stuff" you have. Garage sales, craigslist, sell the stuff off and make some money to put towards savings.
- Don't be afraid to negotiate on the price you want to pay for the RV plus starter accessories. Give the dealer ultimatums and you'll get closer to what you want.
These are just a few things Mr. ArtSea Chic and I have thought through and realized doing will help us be more ready for 3-5 years of full-time RVing in our new 5th wheel 2015 Jayco Pinnacle 36KPTS! Keep watch for an overview and tour of what our 5th wheel looks like, and why we chose this particular model of RV over the thousands on the market today. Until next time!